What is the attitude and tone of Byron in his poem "Darkness"? How does Byron convey this attitude through formal literary devices and elements? What is the meaning of the poem? How does your interpretation differ from literary critics?

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Byron's poem "Darkness" describes a dream "which was not all a dream" in which a postapocalyptic world is depicted. The semantic field of darkness is expressed in language like "darkling," "rayless," "blind," "blackening," and "moonless." The "desolation" of this world is characterized by its lack of natural light; in a quest for light, "watchfires" are built out of what had previously been "thrones," "palaces," and people's homes. So great is the desire of the people to see each other that "forests were set on fire," and...

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